August 6, 2013

Before New Orleans Square

During the opening and early years of Disneyland, the park's Frontierland was a pretty enticing land, full of spots to explore- a stark contrast to the small slice of American history we now find. 

Of course, a favorite of Walt Disney himself and many guests was the elegant Mark Twain. As the riverboat sailed around the Rivers of America, the sights and sounds were decades away from what was currently Anaheim in the 1950s. Walt and his Imagineering team had accomplished something truly out of the ordinary.

The Swift Plantation House (shown above) served up food and some great waterfront views- but perhaps its greatest claim to fame was as it eventual placeholder for the elegant New Orleans Square, coming to the parks in a future decade!

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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